Posted by Anna Swayne on March 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA, In The Community

Last weekend a few of us attended Ancestry Day Philadelphia. We spent the whole day talking about all things Ancestry including AncestryDNA.

I mentioned my Swayne connection in the area as my first Swayne’s came to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County for many years. And as luck would have it (after all this was St. Patrick’s weekend), one the attendee’s, John, approached me to establish a connection!

We figured out that we both descended from Francis Swayne. My direct ancestor was the son Francis and John’s was, Sarah Francis’s younger sister. I was really excited to meet a cousin and get our picture taken to share with the family!


Here we were meeting for the first time, very close to where our shared ancestors lived in the early 1700s – making a connection 10 generations back.

That is the magic of Ancestry, now all we need to do is wait and see how much DNA we share.


Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has 9 years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. She believes there is real power behind DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. When she is not talking DNA you can find her hiking or cycling in the mountains or cooking at home.